The «fall and run» syndrome occurs when parents suddenly drop off their children in kindergarten before someone has time to realize that they are ill. «Crouch and run» is most obvious over time cold and flu seasons and at other times of the year, when children are more prone to colds, cough Yes fever . It has even been used by many childhood diseases , such as severe cases of streptococcal and highly contagious diseases such as conjunctivitis.
What can child care providers do to avoid «falling and running away»?
Establish a disease policy
It is much easier to talk to a parent about illness policies and «no-show» rules if there is already a policy. When you search possible childcare, ask about policies . With a disease policy in place and asking parents to confirm receipt and understanding, child care administrators are in a position not to accept a sick child. If a nearby elementary school does not allow a child to attend classes until they have had a fever and have vomited within a designated period of time (usually 24 to 48 hours), then the garden should consider the same restrictions.
They should not be allowed to leave sick children, as it endangers the rest of the day care population, and day care centers must protect the health of all children.
Instruct staff on what to do if they suspect a child is ill
The kindergarten manager should take into account the implementing rules that are clearly shown to parents that sick children will not be admitted until certain requirements are met. Depending on the illness, it is also reasonable to request a doctor’s note stating that the child can participate in the care of the child and can be with other children.
Ask staff to greet each child at the door
This initial «greeting» can quickly alert a trained caregiver that a child is not feeling well. If certain symptoms are observed or the child appears particularly lethargic or crying or has other unusual behavior, a staff member should indicate that more conversation is needed. Ask parents directly about the child and their health.
Talk directly to a sick child
Young children, even those who do not feel well, often talk quickly about how they spilled all night or had to bathe so that they would not be so hot. If you suspect a fever, ask parents to wait until the child’s temperature is taken.
When providers should tell parents not to care for children
Providers should be prepared to tell a parent (even desperately) that the sick child cannot be accepted into care if there are apparent signs of illness and it is felt that others will be exposed to the disease. Caregivers must also be prepared for parents to get angry or even threaten to take their child out. Day care providers know that parents will not bring their children to care for them when they are sick, unless they feel they have no other viable option. Some day care centers may even provide care for sick children, usually at a higher daily rate. If parents have this option, they can be grateful for this alternative.
But in the end, a manager should not feel compelled to care for a sick child, which would require designated staff, health issues, and a lot of angry parents who do not understand why their child has been unnecessarily exposed to the disease. . This can be an extraordinarily difficult task, but in the end, the overall safety of children is something that everyone can agree on.
When a child is found to be ill during care
Providers must have an agreement to take over / other arrangements when a child is ill. Sometimes children can look good one minute and then sick the next. Day centers are usually accustomed to children’s illnesses that can occur within a day and it is usually determined whether a child needs only a little rest and relaxation or whether parents should be called. But providers need to have a plan when they find out they are the victims of a «fall and run» incident. This usually happens when a child seems calm, but generally fine for the first few minutes or hours, then begins to have a fever again or, worse, vomits or has other external symptoms of the patient.
Implement a policy that has already been agreed and establish contact with a parent as a priority. Some facilities require parents to pay extra staff time and cleaning costs; others have a standard «surcharge» and yet others simply absorb the additional staff costs as part of the childcare activity.
Avoid the temptation to «fall and run» care
No loving parents like impose a sick child on anyone. But while it’s easy to recognize that most sick children simply want to be in bed sleeping or maybe lying on the couch and watching cartoons, it’s not always that easy from the perspective of a working parent. Parents should keep a perspective on how they would feel if another family brought a child with a contagious disease and exposed their child or if a neighbor let the children play together just hours after was diagnosed with a contagious disease. That being said, there are things parents can do now to minimize the feeling that they have «no choice» about what to do when a child is ill.
Determine what the rules are at work regarding a sick child
Adults should receive this information before the need arises. Spouses should compare notes for flexibility and arrangements. Some companies even offer options for parents who work to care for sick children or offer the option to work from home or other similar flexible arrangements.
Research any patient care options for children
In some larger communities, local and certain hospitals nurseries take care of the sick . However, the irony is that in many cases, prior notice is required, and parents would like to «know» in advance when their child may become ill. Consider whether there is a neighbor, relative, or other adult who may be willing to come and stay with a sick child in the short term. The key is also to know if a sick child simply needs recovery time or needs medical attention or is extremely infectious and contagious. Sometimes all a sick child needs is plenty of rest and fluids, and he or she will recover as soon as possible. In other cases, recovery may be longer or may involve treatment or doctor visits.
Keep the garden informed about your child’s health
If possible, ask your doctor if your child is going out and specify why. The provider can take care of other people with this disease to help other parents know. We hope that other parents have the same courtesy. After all, your child has usually contracted the disease from someone else or in a contagious environment.
Always practice proper hand washing and coughing techniques
Parents should take additional steps to avoid contracting the disease and all members of the household should be reminded of the importance of hand washing and cough coverage. This will prevent your home from becoming a health care unit in most cases. .
Know that children will get sick
If parents simply follow the «do it yourself» rule, then the spread of colds, streptococcus, flu, pink eye, fifth disease and a multitude of other conditions can be at least minimized. Soon, we’ll all be backYou will have a happy and healthy routine.